relantel wrote:Hammer, gotta agree with you on Regan Smith but could well be Allmendinger, who has been on again off again driver for the #51 of Phoenix Racing this year. Others that might make sense are not driving Chevys (like Elliott Sadler). Then again, it's Watkins Glen, so they could call in a ringer not otherwise committed. Said and Fellows are already in the event; Scott Pruett is not, but has always filled an extra Ganassi car in years past.
I keep associating Allmendinger with Ford and Penske, but you're right, he has driven the 51 several times this year, although he has also driven the 47. Perhaps AJ would make sense at the Glen, and Smith would make sense later. Also, don't forget Smith replaced Jr. last year.
Broken legs generally take 4-6 weeks to heal. I wonder if Stewart could get in and do a lap at some of these tracks to keep himself in the Chase---his one win could go a long way, and the Glen especially would allow such a move without going a lap down. Bristol and Richmond would not at all, though, and I think Stewart already said he was out this week. Sigh.
Truex Jr. and Newman turn into the biggest beneficiaries.
For the same reasons, this makes it much easier for the 55 team, who is currently ahead of Newman's 39 team, to make the Owners Chase.